Vacation week for The Gleason’s involves short treks, working in the garden, spending time with friends and just plain old relaxing. Bruce and I spent one day sifting through books at Barnes and Nobles. I had all the art books and gardening books worth having already so I was a little jealous of his big stack of books he brought home. As he was sifting through his treasure of books I was playing on the Google Art and Culture App. At 9:30 that night I realized that Pittsburgh had a Van Gogh, Monet and Degas Show at The Frick. If you’ve talked to me at all over the summer you know I’ve gone a little Monet crazy. I’ve read well over five books on Monet and Giverny and have about six more I’m in the middle of. Just wait, as I start sharing more pics over the summer and you will see how bad my obsession has taken over.
At any rate you got to love my mom and Bruce. How many other people when you ask them at 9:30 at night if they’ll trek down to Pittsburgh (over 3 hours car drive) at 7 am to see four paintings by Monet would say Yes?!
Look at our tired eyes at our first pit stop… of many because car rides are torture for me.
Bruce became alert when he realized Big Foot was after him. Don’t you just love traveling through by car… You see Big Foot! Who knew? Also, you learn that your mom doesn’t know how to use a vending machine and realize she hasn’t used one in over 10 years! You learn many things in a car for six years. Some which shall never be spoke on this blog or anywhere else. What happens in the car stays in the car!
Our car arrived ten minutes to our show time. This exhibit runs only through this weekend. So if you think you want to go you better get moving. Visit The Frick Pittsburgh to book your time.
This was my favorite piece. Poppies + Giverny + Monet = Perfection.
Camille in the Window surrounded by flowers.
That’s all that I shall show of the pics I took from the exhibit. You need to pile into the car and go down yourself and take a day where you’re not staring at a screen and enjoy beautiful masterpiece and get out to nature.
Because we must not forget the gardens at The Frick! A place with Monet and a Greenhouse is absolute heaven.
Some inspiration pictures for Bruce. He needs to add this walkway to his honey do list.
And if he’s building the walkway why not this little greenhouse? I mean that can’t take long to build.
Bruce’s thought, “Why, did I say yes to bringing her here? She’s going to make me build more things and she’s going to want more plants?”
My plant budget for this year is definitely over budget. I can’t help it! Gardening is a disease.
Even thought yesterday sweltered with heat and mugginess, the greenhouse temperature wasn’t horrible. Yesterday’s temperature didn’t sway us from entering the beautiful greenhouse. Take a look at what we found basking in the heat. I will say we were the only ones crazy enough to go inside. It was in the high 80s low 90s yesterday!
This is on our wish list… Bleeding Glory Bower.
Inspiration for my two banana trees I bought in the spring and a reminder to myself I need to replant them.
This Green! Monet Green! You soon shall see I’m addicted to this green color.
The above plant collection reflected the color of Rousseau’s Tropical Painting in the gallery.
Henri Rousseau, “Tropical Landscape: an American Indian Struggling with a Gorilla.
We arrived back home around 4pm full of ideas and our imaginations full of gardening ideas and a little inspiration to get out the easel and paint again. I call that a perfect day trek. Get out there and enjoy your summer.